Google has said it will stop using car tracking devices on its own cars and has ordered all automakers to remove them.
The move comes as the internet giant faces growing pressure to stop using its own car tracking system.
It is a controversial technology that has been used by automakers and police to track the movements of pedestrians and cyclists and was introduced by Google in 2007.
But Google is now fighting back against US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules which would force it to remove its own software from its cars.
The technology allows users to track a vehicle’s movements and is also used to help police enforce traffic rules.
Google has also made it harder for car makers to sue users for patent infringement.
“We have been working closely with industry to ensure the continued use of our Car Tracking Platform, which has a proven track record of being used to protect innocent users,” Google said in a statement.
“Google will also remove any and all third party products or services from our vehicles.”
As a result of this action, Google’s cars are no longer being used by any automakers and will no longer allow third party car tracking applications to be used in them.
“In addition, we will stop any and other third party services from being used on our vehicles and we will require manufacturers to disable third party applications from using our vehicles.”
Google had previously banned car-tracking apps on cars, but the FTC has not yet issued a final ruling on whether it is legal.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been cracking down on such technologies, and Google is expected to make a formal submission to the agency later this month.
The FTC’s request for comments on Google’s request was due to be published on Thursday.
But in a letter sent to Google on Wednesday, the agency asked the search giant to clarify whether it would remove the technology on its cars, and what the implications of its decision would be.
“The FCC’s proposed Order will force Google to remove the Car Tracking System from all of its vehicles, including those owned by Google and those in its fleet,” the FTC wrote.
The FTC also noted that Google’s own software, Google Drive, had been made available to all users of the Android mobile operating system, but it had not been made mandatory to install it.””
Google’s request to withdraw its Car Tracking system does not require that Google remove any or all third parties from its vehicles.”
The FTC also noted that Google’s own software, Google Drive, had been made available to all users of the Android mobile operating system, but it had not been made mandatory to install it.
“This software enables the user to create and manage an unlimited number of photos, videos, and files on Google Drive.
Users do not have to have Google Drive installed in order to create or manage these files,” the agency said.
The Federal Trade Commissioner’s Office said the move was part of the agency’s efforts to “ensure that third parties are not abusing their position to create consumer-friendly products and services that harm consumers.”
The Commission also asked Google to “provide information about how your products are being used in order for the Commission to determine if a product qualifies as an abusive or deceptive act under Section 5 of the FTC Act”.